Following the creative path

Drupal Module Development Session

At Saturday House on April 6, 2008, Gregory Heller and I offered a Drupal introduction session and module development session. More details about the module development session are available at Seattle Drupal Users Group at g.d.o. The test1 module is available below.

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Site Launch for CivicActions - MeNotMeth.org

MeNotMeth.org launched today. What a great web site project! The focus of the site is a part of a larger campaign discouraging meth use focusing on gay and minority men. As the Technical Lead for this project, I had the chance to direct a team of engineers for configuration, customization, and theming the site.

The team was great and you can learn more about all of the great folks working with CivicActions on the People page.

The project gave me a chance to contribute back to the Drupal community as well. Changes have been committed to several modules:

* Media Mover
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MM FLVTool2 which works with Media Mover to gather meta data from a flash file

Also worked intimately with views for the Community Resources and how to take a CCK type and manipulate it to work like a quiz: Self Assessment.

Sharing Video from The HUB

One of the cool features at The HUB, is the ability to share videos: which is available on directly on The Hub too: The Hub for Human Rights Media and Action. media_mover helps to generate video files so you can download them too.

The HUB Launch

After months of work through CivicActions, The HUB launched on November 7th, 2007. It is a big project, and I am glad I have had the opportunity to be a part of it. Built using Drupal, this site offers complex, social interaction revolving around human rights issues.

My work with CivicActions continues, and I plan on helping out with other great projects like this one.

First Module Contribution: mm_exif

Thanks to the support of CivicActions and in particular Arthur Foelsche, I contributed my first module to the Drupal community: EXIF Removal Media Mover Module. It's a real pleasure to develop code for the community. This small but useful module removes EXIF data from media files like jpg, jpeg, png formats. Many digital cameras automatically add this information to the image files they create. The data is useful for people who want to manipulate images, but unecessary for files uploaded to a web site. In addition, this module was built to protect the privacy of those who may upload their own images.

The upcoming project, The Hub, for the nonprofit WITNESS is already making making use of this module.

I'm not done yet. I'll be releasing another module that works with Organic Groups in just a little while.

Contributing to the community is a great experience, and I highly recommend it.

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